They say death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but there's a third one - grief. We can never truly grasp the depths of grief until it knocks on our door in the form of a loved one dying. My Strategy Guide for Grief.
Navigating the Journey of Loss: Understanding Grief and Strategies to Manage Day-to-Day Life.
Coping with grief can be a challenging and emotional process to find practical strategies to manage and move forward. The impact on mental and physical health and how to navigate the grieving process healthily and meaningfully.
Grief can rip you apart and make you numb. For others, it is a constant dull ache. Some feel overloaded with emotions, others have physical pain, and others have all the above.
It is different for each of us. It's hard to guess how you may react when someone you love dies, and it is important not to compare yourself to others.
Whether it was an unexpected death or they were unwell - grief will still be the same. I have worked with families who have started grieving while still nursing their loved one.
It may hit you at their funeral or memorial, or you may feel grief years later. I have worked with clients in my coaching business who have not allowed themselves to grieve until years later—others I have seen overcome with grief at the funeral.
There is not one size fits all when it comes to grief.
Coping with the grieving process
Grief is an inevitable part of life, and dealing with the death of a loved one can be a challenging experience. However, several ways exist to cope with the pain and eventually move forward.
Acknowledge your pain
The first step in dealing with grief is to acknowledge your pain. It is normal to feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. Recognising your feelings and allowing yourself to express them can help you come to terms with your loss.
Expect unexpected emotions
Grief can trigger a range of unexpected emotions that you may not have experienced before. This is a natural part of the process and should be accepted. Allow yourself to feel and express these emotions, whether it's through talking to someone or writing in a journal.
Your unique grieving process
Remember that your grieving process is unique to you. Everyone experiences grief differently, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Don't compare your experience with others and allow yourself to take the time you need to heal.
Seek face-to-face support
It is essential to seek support from people who care about you during this difficult time. It can be family members, friends, or a support group. Talking to someone face-to-face can provide comfort and help you feel less alone.
Taking care of yourself physically can also help you support yourself emotionally. It includes getting enough rest, eating well, and exercising regularly. These habits can help you feel more energised and better equipped to deal with your grief.
It is essential to recognise the difference between grief and depression. Grief is a natural response to loss and can cause sadness and other challenging emotions.
However, if these feelings persist and interfere with your daily life, it may be a sign of depression. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, seek professional help immediately.
Know that you are not alone; there are support and bereavement groups. Please ask your doctor for local numbers and contacts.
Go well, my friend
Love, Jade x
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